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Aja [Remaster]

Artist: Steely Dan (Performed By)

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Label: MCA
Album: Aja [Remaster]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Black Cow
2)    Aja
3)    Deacon Blues
4)    Peg
5)    Home at Last
6)    I Got the News
7)    Josie
 

Steely Dan: Donald Fagen (vocals, keyboards) Walter Becker (guitar).Additional personnel includes: Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Dean Parks (guitar) Tom Scott (tenor saxophone, lyricon) Wayne Shorter, Pete Christlieb (tenor saxophone) Plas Johnson (horns) Victor Feldman (keyboards, vibraphone, percussion) Joe Sample, Michael Omartian (keyboards) Chuck Rainey (bass) Paul Humphrey, Bernard Purdie, Steve Gadd (drums) Tim Schmit, Clydie King, Michael McDonald (background vocals).Engineers include: Roger Nichols, Elliot Scheiner, Bill Schnee.Recorded at Village Recorders, Los Angeles, California Producer's Workshop, Warner Brothers North Hollywood Recording Studios, ABC Recording Studios, Sound Labs, Hollywood, California A&R Studios, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Walter Becker and Donald Schnee.Rec tracks have been digitally Schnee.Recs represents the pinnacle of Steely Dan's gradual transition from rock band to their own brand of jazz-influenced white soul. Guitars were replaced by keyboards, and saxophones became more common. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were only interested in spending time in the recording studios, while the fans pined and waited. The result set new standards in recorded excellence, and is regularly used as a hi-fi shop demonstration. The ambitious title track was deemed too difficult for radio play and only the two overtly accessible tracks 'Josie' and 'Peg', gave them valuable exposure.
  • Genre: Popular Music
  • Steely Dan - Aja [CD]


Performer Notes
  • Steely Dan: Donald Fagen (vocals, keyboards); Walter Becker (guitar).
  • Additional personnel includes: Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Dean Parks (guitar); Tom Scott (tenor saxophone, lyricon); Wayne Shorter, Pete Christlieb (tenor saxophone); Plas Johnson (horns); Victor Feldman (keyboards, vibraphone, percussion); Joe Sample, Michael Omartian (keyboards); Chuck Rainey (bass); Paul Humphrey, Bernard Purdie, Steve Gadd (drums); Tim Schmit, Clydie King, Michael McDonald (background vocals).
  • Engineers include: Roger Nichols, Elliot Scheiner, Bill Schnee.
  • Recorded at Village Recorders, Los Angeles, California; Producer's Workshop, Warner Brothers North Hollywood Recording Studios, ABC Recording Studios, Sound Labs, Hollywood, California; A&R Studios, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • This represents the pinnacle of Steely Dan's gradual transition from rock band to their own brand of jazz-influenced white soul. Guitars were replaced by keyboards, and saxophones became more common. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were only interested in spending time in the recording studios, while the fans pined and waited. The result set new standards in recorded excellence, and is regularly used as a hi-fi shop demonstration. The ambitious title track was deemed too difficult for radio play and only the two overtly accessible tracks `Josie' and `Peg', gave them valuable exposure.

Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (8/30/01, p.128) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...Exquisite...music so technically demanding its creators had to call in A-list session players to realize the sounds they heard in their heads but could not play....AJA [is the]frustration and failure at the heart of the party."

Q (6/00, p.131) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...Sleek, smart, deliciously cynical...Lyrically opaque and using the best musical back-up in the business, this was the Steely Dan album that effectively ring-fenced jazz-funk forevermore....what rich entertainment still."

Producer:Gary Katz
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Country:USA
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:23 November, 1999
Guest Artist: Joe Sample; Larry Carlton; Tom Scott; Steve Gadd; Wayne Shorter; Bernard Purdie; Michael McDonald

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Simon on
 
This is radio friendly jazz rock at it most finest and its most cheesy. Steely Dan had finally transformed into a band who focused more on the sound than what they had to say. Some of the melodies here are some intricate and interplay with the chord structure that it is simply beautiful to hear. Love this sort of music or hate it, you cannot deny its genius.
Tim on
 
Brilliant album - their best. The extra notes are kinda bizarre, but give you a laugh. No bonus tracks, but good nonetheless.

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